Dave Gorman of London’s Absolute Radio spoke to R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe about everything from iPhones, farts, the songwriting process, the new album ‘Collapse Into Now’, the expectation from fans and critics and more. “What happens when I listen to music, as a music fan it provides me with an experience which is profound and phenomenal,” Stipe explained. “As a writer, it’s a different experience all together. That is, music, I see things when I hear music, and it’s usually a landscape, and my job as the lyricist is to people that landscape with stories and with narrative and with ideas and with words.” Listen to the interview via YouTube below.